WILKES-BARRE, PA. (Sept. 21, 2012) – Wilkes University has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine and its parent company, Victory Media. It is the third consecutive year that Wilkes has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
Wilkes has worked to ensure a smooth transition to academic life for veterans through a number of initiatives, including having a dedicated veterans affairs counselor, retired US Air Force Lt Col. Mark Kaster, to work with veterans coming to the University. In addition, Kaster recently established a campus organization, the Wilkes University Student Veterans Council, to provide additional support. The group will provide programming to help soldiers transition to the civilian world, and will bring organizations to campus, such as the Scranton Veteran Center, that provide needed services to veterans. Members will also support service projects related to the military, including sending care packages to soldiers, planning the campus Veterans Day observance, and collecting toys for the Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots holiday campaign.
“Veterans have specific concerns and needs as they transition back to civilian life and the higher education community,” Kaster said. “Wilkes recognizes that and has programs and support in place to assist veterans. The Military Schools designation is an affirmation of Wilkes commitment to its veterans.”
“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Wilkes University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Sean. Complete survey methodology is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/methodology
The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to those who served.